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Vermont Youth Conservation Corps E-News March 23, 2011

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps E-News March 23, 2011 Richmond Vermont

posted at 3:15 pm Wed Mar 23rd, 2011 by (WherezIt_Staff)

Young Women in Vermont to Benefit from New Conservation Programs ~ The VYCC is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a multi-year Vermont Women's Fund grant to develop and offer conservation programs for young women.

The Vermont Women's Fund (VWF) is the state's only grantmaker soley dedicated to investing in Vermont women and girls by supporting programs that provide the tools they need to build strong, healthy, empowered lives.

To achieve greater impact with their grantmaking dollars, the VWF conducted extensive research in 2010, including a statewide listening tour, to learn more about the barriers to economic well-being facing the women and girls of Vermont. As a result, the fund has launched a new multi-year grantmaking initiative targeting young women between the key transitional ages of 15 and 25 with the goal of building increased economic security for them once they become adults.

The VYCC will be joined by Vermont Works for Women and the Rutland Region Workforce Investment Board as Strategic Partner grantees for this new initiative, with each organization receiving $20,000 a year for up to three years. In addition, the VWF's annual round of grants will be focused on this new body of work. To learn more about the findings from the VWF's listening tour and their new grantmaking initiative, please visit their website.

If you know of a young woman who would contribute great things to a VYCC crew, please contact Eliza Kenigsberg at 802.434.3969 ext. 130.


On the first Saturday in March, 91 skiers traveled in soft snow and warm conditions to make the 2nd Annual Bolton to the Barns a smashing success. A hearty and adventurous group collectively skied over 1,100 miles and raised more than $18,000 to benefit the VYCC's conservation and education programs.

On scenic terrain between the Bolton Valley Nordic Center and the West Monitor Barn, snow conditions were excellent and skiers endured only an occasional sprinkle of rain. Upon arrival to the barn, skiers feted to the lively tunes of Something with Strings, and enjoyed well-deserved hot chili, tasty crepes, and a cold beverage.

We would like to sincerely thank all of the Bolton to the Barns sponsors, skiers, donors, and volunteers for making it such a fantastic event! To view photos of the tour, visit the VYCC website or check out our new Facebook page (and while you are there, don't forget to "Like" us).


Now in its fifth year, the VYCC's Learn, Earn, and Prosper (LEAP) Program helps youth with visual impairments learn and practice independent living skills to become confident, independent, and productive young adults.

Like many VYCC programs, LEAP is a collaborative effort between several partners. In this case, the VYCC, the Vermont Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, all work to ensure the VYCC experience is accessible to youth with visual disabilities.

For four weeks this summer, Corps Members enrolled in LEAP will gain valuable employment skills by working in a vocational training program at ReSource, completing weekly service projects, and in partnership with the Area Health Education Center, learning about different careers in the healthcare field. In addition, they will receive training in resume writing, researching colleges, and job searching, as well as interviewing skills through workshops with Linking Learning to Life. Participants will also learn skills for independent living, such as cooking meals, shopping for groceries, and completing other household chores.

During the second three-week session, visually impaired youth will participate in an inclusive crew with youth who have complete functional vision. All members of this crew will camp in lean-tos behind the VYCC West Monitor Barn, and work side by side to improve the VYCC trail system, harvest and process farm vegetables, and complete high-priority conservation and service projects in the community.

For more information on the program or to apply, contact Eliza Kenigsberg at 802.434.3969 ext. 130 or visit the LEAP Program website.


We are pleased to announce that Tucker Andrews and Jennica Stetler have joined the staff of Monitor Barns Farm (MBF). MBF will benefit immensely from their previous experience owning and operating a mixed vegetable CSA in West Bolton. Tucker will be the MBF Coordinator and Jennica will assist as additional Field Staff.

The mission of MBF is to contribute to the charitable food system, to serve as a living classroom, and to provide sustainable agricultural training for young people.

For more information on Monitor Barns Farm or to purchase a Monitor Barns Farm CSA share, contact Tucker Andrews at 802.434.3969 ext. 145.


The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, in partnership with Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park and Woodstock Union High School, offers a unique place-based service-learning class that uses the nearby King Farm as an outdoor classroom. As part of a Sustainable Forestry Unit, students have been studying how forestry and technology intersect. For example, Global Positioning System (GPS) units and Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping technology are now widely used by scientists in multiple fields of study, including forestry.

The Conservation Leadership Institute Crew is working with interns from the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to learn how to use a GPS unit by recording data on deer movement at the King Farm. Once these data have been collected, students will create maps and share their findings to inform the property's forest management plan. Students are also learning to identify animal tracks, and have seen signs of deer, fox, coyote, squirrel, and mouse.

For more information, visit the Conservation Leadership Institute blog or contact Kat Coons at 802.881.5037.


* With significant funding from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund, the VYCC, along with the White River Partnership, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, the Two Rivers Regional Planning Commission, and the Better Backroads Program, has helped to mitigate the impacts of Class IV roads on watersheds through the Class Four Road Restoration Project. VYCC conservation crews completed work on four sites in three towns in 2010 and will continue their erosion control projects for four additional weeks this summer. You can read the full article in the Winter 2011 issue of Out of the Blue - a newsletter of the Water Quality Division of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.
* The United States Forest Service announced last month it will partner with the Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) and the VYCC to improve trails and increase mountain bike access in the Green Mountain National Forest. VYCC crews will complete 22 weeks of work building the mountain bike trail, which will be accessible from the Blueberry Hill Ski Center in Goshen and from Branbury State Park. For more information, visit VMBA's website.

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